PRAYERS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MARCH
As we begin the observance of the forty days of Lent, let us join together in the discipline of scripture reading and prayer that God may fill us up with his power so that we may proclaim the good new of Jesus Christ to all people.
Sunday, March 3 - Prayer of the Week
God of compassion, you welcome the wayward, an you embrace us all with your mercy. By our baptism clothe us with garments of your grace, and feed us at the table of your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)
MONDAY: Isaiah 58:1-12
TUESDAY: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
WEDNESDAY: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
THURSDAY: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
FRIDAY: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
SATURDAY: Romans 10:8b-12
Sunday, March 10- Prayer of the Week
Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to b transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 4:1-13
MONDAY: 1 John 2:1-6
TUESDAY: 2 Peter 2:4-21
WEDNESDAY: Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18
THURSDAY: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
FRIDAY: Psalm 27
SATURDAY: Philippians 3:17-4:1
Sunday, March 17 Prayer of the Week
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, through your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 13:31-35
MONDAY: Daniel 3:19-30
TUESDAY: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
WEDNESDAY: Luke 6:43-45
THURSDAY: Isaiah 55:1-9
FRIDAY: Psalm 63:1-8
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Sunday,March 24 - Prayer of the Week
O loving and caring God, heal your children of every ailment and restore us to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 13:1-9
MONDAY: Luke 1:26-36
TUESDAY: Joshua 4:1-13
WEDNESDAY: Joshua 4:14-24
THURSDAY: Joshua 5:9-12
FRIDAY: Psalm 32
SATURDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
SUNDAY: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
REV. LARRY D. LAINE, PASTOR
MRS. PATRICIA A. SHOUP, MINISTER OF MUSIC
MRS. KAY F. MOOSCH, PARISH SECRETARY
MRS. DEBORAH K. HINE, SEXTON
Website: www. tlcbangor.com
Pastor’s Cell Phone # 757-613-7126
Pastor Laine’s e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office – 610-588-2023 Fax. No. – 610-588-8904
Pat Shoup was honored for her many years of service to the church as organist and Minister of Music.
Pastor Laine teaches the children about talking to God (L) while Brian Seigrfreid does the same with an antique phone.
Sunday Bulletin Message for March 31
Less Grumbling, More Humbling
Grumbling! The crowd around Jesus—the “in” crowd, that is—was grumbling. Grumbling because Jesus welcomed those who traditionally had been set apart: tax collectors and sinners. Who are those who cause us to grumble? Whose seemingly undeserved handout or unearned status change filled our hearts with resentment this week? Jesus speaks to us today because we too often see life as a game with winners and losers, points and playbooks, offense and defense. Can we open our hearts and minds to hear today’s humbling good news? God’s love is freely shared with all: we cannot earn it, we cannot deserve it.
When we attend worship, we do so out of thanksgiving and praise for God’s glory, hunger and thirst for God’s word and sacrament. We do not attend worship to achieve some status within God’s kingdom. When we help a neighbor, share with a stranger, assist the afflicted, or acknowledge the overlooked we do so because Christ first did the same for us. We respond to God’s grace and mercy with our own feeble attempts to emulate God’s perfect love. It is challenging, exhausting, never-ending, perspective-altering, radically humbling work. It’s work that is impossible to do without the inspiration of Christ, the nourishment of wine and bread, and the strength of the saints who have gone before us and with whom we walk Christ’s path today. Let us find those in our world who teach us about Christ’s unending reconciliation, so that we can all celebrate and rejoice as the family of God.
Cooper Gray, our young creative artist, has caught the essence of today’s message. “This is the day of the Lord.” Every Sunday is the day of the Lord, a day to “rejoice and be glad.” Thank you, Cooper for the beautiful bulletin cover. Even in this solemn and meditative season of Lent we must never forget that every Sunday is a day of joy and celebration for the feast we share. Every Sunday is a day to celebrate as a mini-resurrection.
MARCH WORSHIP AT TRINITY
Guests Become Members
We are a welcoming community, a community of love and support to each other. We are experiencing new people in our church family that come as guests. Many have come numerous times and it appears they are ready to join us as full members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. As we engage these guests it is vital tat we help them find a place to express themselves with the gifts they bring. Some are singers, some are teachers, some are m or bakers, some are fellowship makers. We welcomed them all.
Part of our task is to ow them - discovering their talents and strengths, their concerns and needs, their relationships to this community. It is important to know why they come and what they expect to find here. Undoubtedly, they have found something that continues to bring them back. They feel acceptance and love within this community.
Our task is to engage them and get them involved in something that they can identify that is an expression of who they are and want to be It may be something quite simple. Maybe they are just looking for a friendly face or a group of people that enjoy being together. It may be that they are looking for Christian Education for their children. It may be they are looking to join the choir or to share their skills some place where it is appreciated.
It is up to us to inquire, invite, engage and make these guests feel welcome and wanted. It doesn't take much on our art to make this happen. Extending a warm hand, asking question or two, showing some interest in them and their concerns. Remember their name and greet them again as they continue to experience our church family. We nee to find that something, invite them to participate and engage them in their quest.
Peace and Blessings - Pastor Laine
DON'T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD 1 HOUR BEFORE RETIRING ON SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 9 SO YOU WON'T BE LATE FOR CHURCH ON MARCH 10!
The Lenten Luncheons will again be held at Trinity on Tuesdays during Lent at 12 Noon. The cost will be $3.00 this year.
Tuesday, March 12 - Flicksville UCC
Tuesday. March 19 - Ackermanville United Methodist
Tuesday, March 26 - East Bangor United Methodist
Tuesday, April 2 - Cross Road Baptist
Tuesday, April 9 - First United Congregational
Lenten Suppers will be held in the Fellowship Hall this year at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13; Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday, April 10. A short worship service will be held immediately after the supper in the Fellowship all. If anyone is interested in making a dessert for the suppers, it would be greatly appreciated.
The 14th annual Outdoor Sportsmen's (and Women's) Harvest Celebration Dinner will be held Saturday March 9, in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be on Mauser who will give us an update on the Lake Minsi project. The cost is $15, children 6-12 $6 and under 6 Free. Call 610-504-7886 or 610-588-2023 or email email@example.com for tickets. Proceeds benefit the local hunger appeal and food bank.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Trinity's Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday evening, March 12 at 7 pm at Terry Smith's home, 138 Red Oak Lane, Bangor.
The Fun and Fellowship Ministry is planning a Movie Night on Saturday evening, March 23 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The movie i "I Can Only Imagine" with Dennis Quaid.
The Fun and Fellowship Ministry will be making Easter Candy again this year. The Cost is $12 a dozen. Sign up sheets are in the narthex and on the bulletin board outside of the Fellowship Hall. Pick up will be Palm Sunday, April 14.